Dykes Recommits to UNC

For the third time in less than a week, Butch Davis has convinced a "soft" verbal commitment to firm up his decision.

Mike Dykes solidified his commitment to North Carolina during an in-home visit with Butch Davis and offensive line coach Sam Pittman Wednesday night.

"Right then and there [during the in-home] I officially re-committed back to North Carolina," said Dykes. "So, I'm back to a solid commitment to North Carolina."

Dykes, a 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive guard from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, originally committed to John Bunting in July, but softened his pledge after Bunting's dismissal.

All along, Dykes was sold on UNC's academics, but he wasn't completely comfortable with the new coaching situation until after talking in-depth with Davis.

"I've always liked North Carolina as far as the academics," said Dykes. "As far as academics go, there's no place better. So academically, I know I could succeed.

"But after meeting with Coach Davis and getting to talk to him, you know he's about to do something special at North Carolina. He's putting the pieces together as far as coaches with NFL experience. The o-line coach is from Northern Illinois, so he definitely knows how to pick out good lineman."

Dykes is still in the process of scheduling an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill – since his official was taken during the old regime. While a date has yet to be set, he's possibly targeting the weekend of February 2nd.

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